Career & Interview

How to Be Successful in Job Interviews

How to Be Successful in Job Interviews
by Amy Q.

Have you been jobless for long or are you among those who have been to several interviews and weren’t successful? When preparing for an interview, always remember that the first impression matters a lot. Therefore, as you wait for that interview invitation, prepare, practice and after the opportunity comes your way, go and perform.

Get prepared

Getting ready for an interview is the best way of getting the best foot forward since it boosts your esteem and level of confidence. Some of the things you can do to get ready are;

Prepare your resume and other documents that can give you an edge over your competitors such as school certificates, awards and recommendation letters from your previous or current job. Read through the documents and have all information at your fingertips.

Have a proper knowledge of the company by looking at the company’s web site. Understand its main activities, goals, vision, objectives and its history. This shows that you have interest.

Be ready to ask and to be asked questions as well as to showcase your accomplishments using the STARS technique(Situation, Task, Action, Result and Skills)

Understand what the position requires by reviewing the job posting, asking friends who have knowledge in a similar field and researching online.

Understand the skills, interests, values, personal characteristics and accomplishments you bring and how they will benefit the organization. Be conversant with your strengths and weaknesses and how they will add value to the company.

Ensure you practice

This is the part where you sharpen your skills and personal characteristics

Practice on the requirements of the job posting and the requirements highlighted.

Understand the questions you would like to ask the interviewer and the questions likely to be asked. List the questions in order of priority and practice with a friend to polish on the areas you might have doubts.

Present

Remember first impressions last. Your attitude, body language and appearance say a lot about you. This is your chance to present yourself and give the interviewer a reason to hire you. Be confident; convince them that you’re the best person for the job without looking desperate. In addition, practice the tips below;

Remember to keep time as it shows your enthusiasm for the job, attitude and behavior.

Dress the part, look presentable and remember first impressions last. Be neat and well groomed.

Be confident, smile when it’s appropriate, introduce yourself and give the interviewer a firm handshake.

Sit upright and maintain an eye contact with the interviewer.

Establish your key worth and be ready to convince the interviewer that you’re the best person for the job. Discuss your accomplishments that depict a proactive attitude, for instance how you helped the former company save on expenses and make more profits. Explain if you have helped another person by training or educating and what skills you instilled in them.

Play a participatory role in the interview

After presenting yourself, participate to convince the interviewers that you’re the best person for the job.

Make sure you develop a good rapport with the interviewer by showing energy, the right attitude and remaining involved through-out the section.

Politely ask for clarification on a question you did not get clearly. Remember to ask the interviewer the questions you listed down. Be confident when asking the questions.

Ensure you remain positive till the end of the interview even if you realize that you are not fit for the job.

Always think and reason out a question asked before you answer the interviewer. Also be ready to handle inappropriate questions from the interviewer. Remember to give a professional answer always.

Support your points with examples to make your selling points clear. This will increase your chances of securing a job opportunity.

Appreciate the Interviewer

Remember to request for card from the interviewer after the interview is over. This will give you an opportunity to get back to the interviewer and thank them for the chance. This shows them that you are highly interested in the position.

Be patient and wait to hear from the interviewer. Revert back to them if no response is forthcoming.

Conclusion

By following these five interview tips, chances are you will be the best among the other competitors if you do your part appropriately. With that, you can relax and wait for the best. Mine is to wish you good luck!


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